UCA Urologists Use Robots Offering Shorter Recovery & Less Pain

Robotic Surgery is an effective treatment option for a range of urological conditions. Our UCA physicians are among the best robotic surgeons in the Central New Jersey & Southeastern Pennsylvania area using the latest da Vinci Robotic Surgical equipment to perform minimally invasive procedures.

A Wide Variety of Urologic Surgical Procedures Are Now Performed With Robot Assisted State-of-the-Art Technology

Many patients facing a surgical procedure for a urology problem are being offered a new alternative that provides a shorter recovery time and less pain — the da Vinci Robotic Surgical System.

Robotic surgery has many advantages, says Dr. Michael Cohen, a urologist with UCA Lawrenceville. “The greatest advantages are smaller incisions, fewer complications, increased precision and quicker recovery times,” explains Dr. Cohen. “The robot offers an added precision which allows us to perform both simple and complex procedures with greater safety. In addition, our patients can often return home faster and also resume their normal lifestyle activities more quickly.”

Several of the board-certified UCA urologists who practice in the Central New Jersey and Bucks County region are certified to use the Da Vinci Surgical system. They use the robotic technology for a number of surgical procedures, including prostatectomies — the surgical removal of part or the entire prostate gland to treat prostate cancer, nephrectomies and partial nephrectomies — the surgical removal of a kidney or a section of kidney, and pyeloplasty — the reconstructive surgery of the pelvis or the kidney to correct an obstruction.

“We do more and more cases each week with new technology, but there is the potential to do more as other applications become more technically feasible,” said Dr. Troy Sukkarieh, a urologist trained in robotic surgery from UCA Old Bridge.

In robotic surgery, the surgeon sits at a console and directly views the surgery site inside the patient through a 3D, high-definition screen, while his movements in the console are actually directing the surgical instruments within the patient. The system seamlessly translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist and finger movements into precise, real-time movements of surgical instruments. The robotic surgical instruments are very small and can perform delicate procedures with great precision and minimal disturbance to surrounding tissue.

“The instruments are extremely accurate and can turn in all directions, with a 90-degree articulation,” said Dr. Sukkarieh. “You also have better visualization as you are looking through a three-dimensional, high-definition camera at the surgical site.”

Training for the Da Vinci system is rigorous. The doctor must perform a number of cases under the supervision of a credentialed robotic surgeon to become certified to use the technology.

“Compared to conventional or open surgery, robotic surgeries offer a number of benefits to the patient,” says Dr. John Watson, a board-certified urologist with UCA Hamilton. “Besides a faster recovery time and better outcomes, the surgery is less painful and reduces the need for a transfusion.”